Applebee’s Cedar Grilled Lemon Chicken Recipe

Applebee’s Cedar Grilled Lemon Chicken is a distinct and delectable dish for people seeking an alternative to standard chicken dishes. The dish is made of grilled lemon chicken breasts that are topped with a tangy and spicy cedar sauce.

The Cedar Grilled Lemon Chicken is a menu item available at Applebee’s, a prominent restaurant chain. This recipe is simple to prepare, using only four ingredients and taking less than 45 minutes to complete. Tender, juicy, and tasty chicken breasts are seasoned with a simple blend of garlic, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper in Applebee’s Cedar Grilled Lemon Chicken.

Let’s face it: Applebee’s isn’t known for its fine dining. The restaurant brand focuses in American cuisine and serves comfort foods such as burgers and fried chicken. However, just because the menu options are familiar does not preclude you from experimenting with them!

Applebee’s Cedar Grilled Lemon Chicken Recipe

Recipe by Lindsay G. Cabral
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Cuisine: American, MexicanDifficulty: Intermediate


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This is a popular and closely guarded Applebee’s Cedar Grilled Lemon Chicken recipe that is kept confidential. Every single person who has tasted this recipe has raved about how tasty it is! My favorite Applebee chicken meal to create and eat is the Honey Garlic Chicken.

The Cedar Grilled Lemon Chicken, according to the Applebee’s menu, is a meal of “cedar grilled chicken flavored with Granny Smith apple relish, served with citrus olive oil dressing over a combination of cranberries, grains, honey-glazed nuts, and quinoa,” among other ingredients.

In this recipe, I’ll show you how to prepare cedar grilled lemon chicken. Take advantage of the opportunity to duplicate the exact Applebee’s sides, or combine the cedar grilled chicken with additional sides to create your own unique dish.


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, lightly pounded

  • Soy sauce

  • 1 table spoon olive oil

  • Garlic salt

  • Red pepper flakes

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon Ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 cedar plank

  • water

  • Tools
  • 1 BBQ grill

  • Thongs

  • 1 Zipper Bag

how to make Applebee’s Cedar Grilled Lemon Chicken

  •  Marinate the Chicken: In a plastic zipper bag, mix together 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, lightly pounded, Soy sauce, 1 table spoon olive oil, Garlic salt, Red pepper flakes, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon Ground ginger, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder. After giving a proper rub place the bag in the refrigerator for at least 2 hour. But it will be better if you can marinate it over night.
    But if you are in hurry don’t forget to pound the breast a little. this will help your spices to residue in the meat better.

    Marinate the Chicken
  •  Place the chicken on the grill: Preheat your grill to medium heat and brush the grill grate lightly with oil. The oil will help your chicken breast about not sticking on the grill. After spreading the oil arrange those marinated chicken on the grill directly. If you want the best cedar flavor, soak a cedar plank ahead of time and place it between the grill and the chicken.

    Place the chicken on the grill
  • Place a sliced lemon on the top of the chicken: Now, on top of the chicken, place a lemon slice. This will continue to flavor the chicken as it cooks. When it’s time to flip the chicken, do so with the lemon slice in the bottom. Don’t worry if the lemon slice looks charred; it won’t affect the flavor of the grill.

    Place a sliced lemon on the top of the chicken
  • Grill the chicken: Close the barbeque lid and cook the chicken breasts for 30 minutes, turning them every 5 minutes. Don’t be concerned if the cedar slabs start to smoke while the chicken cooks; this is normal. Simply close the grill lid as much as possible and only open it when checking and flipping the chicken breasts.

    Grill the chicken
  • Serve the chicken: Remove the cedar plank and lemon slices out from under the chicken just before serving. Grill the chicken breasts directly on the grill grate for another five minutes on high heat. Typically, the chicken breast is cooked until grill marks appear on it.
    Your Cedar Grilled Lemon Chicken is done. Slice the chicken and serve with your preferred sides. This dish goes well with rice, bread, and vegetables. This dish is also delicious with just salad. Don’t forget to recreate it and share it with your friends and family.
    Serve the chicken

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Tips and Tricks:

  • Settle down the marinated chicken in a refrigerator for at least 2 hours. However, if you can marinate it overnight, it will be even better.
  • It’s best if you pound the breast slightly. This will aid in the retention of your spices in the meat.
  • To begin, prepare a lemon chicken sauce. You can use store-bought or homemade sauce in this recipe. Cook the sauce until it is hot and then pour it over the chicken. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Taste and season with salt and pepper to your liking.
  • If desired, sweeten with sugar.
  • Make sure the sugar is well-combined with the sauce by mixing it in thoroughly.
  • Afterwards, grill the chicken on an applebee’s cedar grill over medium heat for approximately 10-12 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is cooked through.


Applebee’s Cedar Grilled Lemon Chicken is an excellent choice for a tasty meal. It’s a dish that lasts throughout the week, and can be served two or three different ways. You can enjoy it hot, cold or in-between without sacrificing flavor.

This dish is also versatile. You can serve it with rice bread and noodles. So, no matter what you make this with this dish will always be fulfilling. 

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